Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Feb 15, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, February 16, 2013 was estimated at 926.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.5 percent higher than a week ago and 0.8 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
2.5 percent lower compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  16-Feb-13       476.7          2.2        444.6         2.8     926.3
  09-Feb-13       472.8          2.2        443.9         2.6     921.5
   Change:          0.8%         0.0%         0.2%        7.7%      0.5%
  18-Feb-12       480.1          2.4        448.4         2.7     933.6
   Change:         -0.7%        -8.3%        -0.8%        3.7%     -0.8%
  2013 YTD       3245.4         15.2       3043.8        17.6    6322.0
  2012 YTD       3310.1         16.0       3137.6        18.8    6482.5
   Change:         -2.0%        -5.0%        -3.0%       -6.4%     -2.5%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2013 totals are subject to revision
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  16-Feb-13     596,000       15,000    2,145,000      39,000
  09-Feb-13     593,000       15,000    2,139,000      37,000
   Change:          0.5%         0.0%         0.3%        5.4%
  18-Feb-12     610,000       14,000    2,151,000      36,000
   Change:         -2.3%         7.1%        -0.3%        8.3%
  2013 YTD    4,105,000      103,000   14,672,000     247,000
  2012 YTD    4,227,000      103,000   15,047,000     248,000
   Change:         -2.9%        -0.1%        -2.5%       -0.4%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  16-Feb-13   Estimate          1329          254         277       143
  09-Feb-13   Estimate          1330          253         277       142
  18-Feb-12     Actual          1307          278         278       150
            Dressed:
  16-Feb-13   Estimate           802          149         207        72
  09-Feb-13   Estimate           799          148         208        71
  18-Feb-12     Actual           788          165         209        75
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  02-Feb-13       49.4%        29.1%        19.9%        1.5%
  04-Feb-12       48.5%        28.1%        21.7%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  02-Feb-13       97.1%                      2.5%                  0.3%
  04-Feb-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%

*2012 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
        816-676-7000    e-mail stjoe.lgmn@ams.usda.gov
        www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/SJ_LS712.txt
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